Sunset Park Beating of Teen Girl a Hoax, Police Say

16-year-old Pearl Brown has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.

Mauldin Police say Brown faked the attack that supposedly left her unconscious in Sunset Park on New Year’s Day. They also say she pretended to be the attacker when calling 911, and later gave a vivid suspect description to police.

Police said Brown admitted making the 911 call while pretending to be a man saying he “just killed a girl.”  She said, with her voice lowered, “She wouldn’t let me touch her. I just thought she was pretty.”

Paramedics took Brown to the hospital. She was released on Saturday.

No charges have been brought against Brown for filing the false report.  Mauldin Police Chief Bryan Turner told WYFF4 he was unsure if charges would be filed.

Mauldin Police clearly believed Brown’s story enough to release a forensic sketch of the supposed attacker to the general public.  And that may be where Pearl Brown’s fantasy did the most damage: let’s hope the forensic sketch  doesn’t actually resemble a man who frequents Sunset Park.

Readers, what do you think? Should Pearl Brown be treated leniently due to her age, or should charges be filed to send a strong message to all teens that this sort of behavior is deplorable? We’d love to hear your thoughts.


5 Responses to “Sunset Park Beating of Teen Girl a Hoax, Police Say”

  1. Media Profiling Experts: Selling Snake Oil and Hurting Investigations : Greenville Dragnet on January 6th, 2010 11:01 am

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  2. Fern George on January 7th, 2010 11:10 am

    Charges should absolutely be filed. It is for a court to decide whether she deserves leniency, not the police. Kids don’t consider the impact of “silly” dares on others. A message needs to go out that this is unacceptable and could destroy lives.

  3. John on January 7th, 2010 2:15 pm

    A crap load of community service sounds about right.

  4. Pearl Brown Charged with Filing False Report : Greenville Dragnet on January 7th, 2010 7:10 pm

    [...] Greenville County teen who recanted her tale of being viciously attacked in Mauldin’s Sunset Park last Friday has now been formally [...]

  5. lolgirl on January 7th, 2010 7:22 pm

    Sorry but Im 16 and I wouldnt lie like that. She knows better. I think she maybe got beat up by a boyfriend and doesnt want to snitch and get him in ttrouble.

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